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5 key tenets of an effective church building process

By Rodney James It’s important for church leaders to know the fundamentals of the church building process. Our team is made up of experienced ministry facility design experts who desire to help educate them on the process in an effort to ensure critical steps aren’t missed.  #1: Carefully think through the purpose of each area […]

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What engages youth?

  By Mark R Ashcraft with Bruce Woody, AIA Youth face many challenges in our current culture, where feelings often trump facts and reality is the latest tweet gone viral. Even so, they’re still fundamentally on a formative journey of discovery; they’re still seeking their places in the world. We need to reach out and […]

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Creating a café with purpose

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  By Mike Bacile There are many tangible elements that go into the making of a successful church café. You need the right look. Proper layout and flow are a must. The wrong equipment, menu or products can spell disaster. But, even if you can achieve all these elements (as needed for a smooth-running, efficient […]

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Great dividers

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Of all the facility tools at a church’s disposal, portable room dividers are — by design — among the most adaptable. Discover the various uses.

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The best of both worlds: it’s possible with combination seating!

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Combination seating appeals to a multi-generational church. It combines historical expectations with modern standards and aesthetics.

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Satellite expansion from the lender’s view

Satellite expansion can help manage a church’s growth in attendance. There are do’s and don’ts for dealing with lenders and church expansion locations.

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Options are key to making building decisions

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Building a facility: making informed choices Decisions concerning building new facilities — or expanding existing ones — are among the most important issue any church leader will have to consider. As experienced decision-makers at any church have learned, it is concern beyond funding; building decisions must consider questions such as: • Is the space large […]

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Tried-and-true maintenance best practices for portable room dividers

Just about any church can make great use of portable room dividers. They can be a safe, cost-effective long-term investment… but only if you buy thoughtfully. The biggest mistake I see churches make is buying cheap. Here’s why that’s so risky.

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Stewardship includes planning and building for the long-term

Whenever building a new facility, church leaders and church building committee members share a common concern regarding stewardship: balancing building needs with adequate funding.

The solution to this dilemma usually comes down to a short-term decision based on the “lowest bid.” This option offers a strong argument when justifying most building decisions — but, as many worship facilities have found out, it might not be the smartest long-term answer.

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Engaging spaces: all for the kids!

Designed and built with an amusement park in mind, the astonishing children’s education building at Crossroads sends a clear message: Children matter here. By Rebecca Flannery Children’s spaces —above and beyond most other areas in a church — can afford to be hyper-engaging. To attract attention and produce a sense of belonging, there’s no better […]

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